Anyone reading this site likely knows that one of the best ways to get a big shot of miles and points in a hurry is via rewards credit card sign-up bonuses. One of the keys to credit card sign-up bonuses is to try and strike when the iron is hottest and get the biggest sign-up offer you can for the card. However, unless you live, breathe, and eat miles (and they do taste good), then it can be a little tricky to intuitively know when a sign-up offer is higher than normal. So, to take out the guess-work here are a few limited time increased credit card offers that I know of. Some of these have advertized end dates, and some don’t, but all are higher than normal.
This card has no annual fee, and earns points that can be used as cash back at a rate of one point = one cent, or the smarter play (in my view) is to transfer them to hotel or airline partners such as United, Hyatt, British Airways, and more if you also have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold® Business Card, or Ink Plus® Business Card. The Chase Freedom offers rotating 5x bonus categories each quarter, with gas stations, movie theaters and Starbucks stores coming up as 5x categories in the first quarter of 2014. Given the lack of an annual fee, and the valuable 5x bonus categories, this is a card that I think should be in every point collector’s wallet. The normal sign-up bonus has been stuck at $100/10,000 points for at least 18 months, so this temporary increase is twice as good as normal. An exact end date for this offer isn’t known.
Chase Sapphire Preferred – My offer is for 40,000 bonus Ultimate Reward points after spending $3,000 in the first three months + a bonus 5,000 bonus for adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase in the first three months, but…
Last month the Chase Sapphire Preferred offer improved for the first time in over a year by adding 5,000 additional Ultimate Reward points if you add an authorized user and have that user make a purchase using their card in the first three months. It was great to see that improvement, but at the same time an even better off became available directly on chase.com for 50,000 points + 5,000 additional points for the authorized user! Both offers have a $0 introductory fee the first year, but the 50k offer has a $125 annual fee in subsequent years where the 40k offer has a $95 annual fee in subsequent years. I honestly don’t know how long the 50k offer may be around, but I recommend that you do some googling to find a link to that improved 50k offer if you are interested!
Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® –
Earn 20,000 miles after first purchase and additional 30,000 miles when you spend $5,000 in first 90 days
This is a good card if you want to use the miles to fly Lufthansa, but it is also good if you want to fly other Star Alliance partners like United. The price for a domestic round trip ticket in the US (other than Hawaii) is 25,000 miles for economy or just 35,000 for business class – which equates to domestic first on United. This is a pretty great deal since it normally would cost 50,000 United miles for that same ticket. There is a $79 annual fee (though it is waived for waived for Senator and HON Circle Members). Be aware that Barclays sometimes will automatically consider you for a lesser product in the event you are not approved for the product you apply for. In this case, the terms indicate that both the Premier World or Platinum MasterCard versions of this card will get the full sign-up bonus, provided the spending requirement is met. The terms indicate that this offer ends December 15, 2013, but may be canceled at any time without notice.
Update: Offer details have now changed as of December 16, 2013. Now you can earn up to 35,000 award miles with qualifying transactions.
- Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase
- 15,000 award miles with balance transfers (1 miles per $1 transferred) within 30 days of account opening
- Complimentary companion ticket after first purchase, then annually thereafter.
- Enjoy 2 award miles per $1 on Miles & More integrated airline ticket purchases and 1 award mile per $1 spent everywhere else
- No foreign transaction fees
British Airways Visa – 50,000 bonus Avios after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, 25,000 additional bonus Avios after $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening,and a final 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening.
I personally got this offer that can result in up to 100,000 bonus Avios last year, and it is a very good offer if you can meet the spending requirement. I love my Avios to fly on partners American and Alaska Airlines instead of BA due to their heavy fuel surcharges. This offer is advertized to be available through 12/31/13. Find more info and the link in this Flyertalk thread.
Alaska Airlines Visa – Up to 50,000 Miles after $1,000 in purchases in first 90 days
This is another limited time offer (end date not known) that awards 25,000 Bonus Miles upon approval and 25,000 Bonus Miles after $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of the account open date. This is a very good offer for this card, and it is issued by Bank of America, which many of us don’t frequent too often for rewards cards. This is advertized as by “invitation” and for those who live in Washington State, but it seems that anyone who can access the application can apply. This is not an affiliate link, so I can’t guarantee anything other than reporting that it seems to be working for others. Be aware the terms say the offer is not available for those who have applied for the card in the last 12 months, and if you are approved for a lesser version of the card then you will likely not get the full sign-up bonus.
Some of these offers are my affiliate links and some aren’t, but all are better than the norm for these cards. Of course, if you are going to rack up debt and interest charges as a direct result of getting an additional rewards credit card then none of these offers are likely a good idea for you.
Will you be going for any of these offers while they are around? Let me know if you have another favorite limited time offer that I failed to mention here!